Japan, Russia May Be Closer to Ending Decades-Old Island Dispute

  • 70-year-old dispute has prevented Japan-Russia peace treaty
  • Several outcomes possible from Putin’s December trip to Japan

Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe.

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If recent statements by Shinzo Abe and Vladimir Putin are any indication, Japan and Russia may be moving closer to resolving a seven-decade-old row over four disputed islands.

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